Not to be outdone, the Jets made noise as well, but not because of any firings. In his end-of-season news conference, coach Rex Ryan announced the team would do away with captains. This was in reaction to Santonio Holmes, a captain in the 2011 season, reportedly quitting on the team in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.
In other Jets news, the team has told people that it can get out of paying Bart Scott the $4 million he's guaranteed for 2012, which would be news to the veteran linebacker. Scott seems to believe he is set for next season, whether he is with the team or not. That situation will be worth watching. One thing I know for certain -- Holmes is going to make $7.5 million next season, as his deal is completely guaranteed.
As for the rest of what I'm hearing:
» By removing Bill Polian as vice chairman, the Colts really are embarking in an entirely new direction in terms of how they procure talent and build a roster. Under Polian, the Colts favored quickness over size, having young players on defense and putting their salary-cap resources into offensive skill players. That likely will all change with a new GM, who will have to come in with a comprehensive organizational plan that includes finding players who fit the team's new philosophy. It also will take some time to turn over the roster.
Owner Jim Irsay seems to know what he wants in his next GM. That will speed up the process, and the new hire will be in a position to quickly make major decisions, including whether or not to retain coach Jim Caldwell. Time is of the essence for the Colts as they enter the most important offseason of their recent history.
» Niners offensive coordinator Greg Roman is high on Penn State's list of head-coaching candidates, but he also will receive a good look from several NFL teams.